Our 2018 Christmas letter

December 2, 2018

Dallas, TX

Dear Family and Friends,

I can’t believe how fast this year went. I thought I’d take a moment and share some of what’s been happening with the Sample family.

Jackson, the easy one, is in third grade at our local public elementary school. He loves math and playing tag on the playground. He plays soccer, takes Hip-Hop class, and this summer, he started guitar lessons at a “School of Rock” type studio. And he loves playing guitar! He’ll be playing a rockin’ version of “Jingle Bells” at the Zounds Sounds Christmas concert.

Darcy, the not-as-easy-as-Jackson one, is in preschool at a local Christian school. She preaches to us regularly about the Bible. She also enjoys pointing out when her brother is sinning: “Bad decisions against God,” she says. Darcy is in her second year of dance. She does tap and ballet at the studio. But at home, she does her own special brand of contemporary…sometimes with no music at all. She also plays soccer–err, played soccer–for the Unicorns. My dad coached and earned his angel wings for his service! This month Darcy starts gymnastics (“bernastics” as she says).

In the beginning of 2018, C.K. was still working as Chief Product Officer for YouEarnedIt, a SaaS company that focuses on employee engagement and retainment. In the spring, C.K. helped sell YEI to Vista Equity Partners. Then in June, C.K. became the Chief Technology Officer at Hypergiant. He’s back working with one of his best friends and doing some really interesting stuff with machine learning. In his free time, he loves playing electronic music and now his office boasts an impressive amount of wires and circuit boards. And when C.K. isn’t dropping hot beats, he’s working on a painting with artist Tanner Lawley. We won a commission at the school auction and when Tanner came to visit us, he offered to do the commission with C.K.! I can’t wait to see the results.

As for me, I just finished doing a 12-week substitute position at Hockaday, a private K-12 all girls prep school. I taught 10th and 11th grade English; it was a great litmus test for this momma who hasn’t worked FT in awhile. I finished Stagecraft in the spring and my agent sent it to editors at several big publishing houses this fall. So I’m in the waiting-and-fingers-crossed stage of the publishing game. I also had a fictional piece come out in a literary journal back in July. In my spare time, I’m usually at the local CrossFit gym. And when I’m not at the gym, I’m boring my husband with tales of what happened at CrossFit.

I hope this letter finds you and yours healthy and happy. Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!

Love,

The Samples

C.K., Kristin, Jackson (8), Darcy (4), Thatcher the pug (12), and Misha the parrot (15)

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